Times of London misleadingly suggests Israeli blockade causes Gaza health crisis

UK Media Watch

Times of London was the only major UK news outlet to report on the most recent example of Hamas exploiting Israeli humanitarian initiatives aimed at helping Palestinians in Gaza. Here are the opening paragraphs from the April 21streport by Gregg Carlstrom, “Gaza Cancer patient hid explosives”.

Two sisters from Gaza have been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle explosives into Israel using vials marked “medical materials”. One of the women was a cancer patient who was crossing to Israel for treatment.

Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency, accused the militant group Hamas of using the women as smugglers. “[They] are continuing their efforts to exploit the humanitarian channel to carry out attacks in Israel,” Kamil Abu Rokon, the military officer in charge of the Erez Crossing, said.

In the third paragraph, Carlstrom attempts to contextualise the story by providing some background on the state of healthcare in Gaza.

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